Nathan is ace in the pack for Quins

4 March 2012

QUINS gained a valuable bonus point win to close the gap behind third-placed Cwmllynfell with a match in hand.

Included in the Quins line-up was lock forward Nathan Ace, who contributed much in attack and defence with a storming display.

Lloyd Hayden.


Jason Rees opened the scoring, putting the visitors ahead with a penalty goal. Quins hit back in bizarre fashion when the referee missed what appeared to be a blatant knock-on, allowing Neil Gadd a touch down.

Minutes later there was a spectacular run from deep by left winger Stuart Dighton, with support from right winger Steve Colarusso, who almost scored – but quick recycling and a long pass from Matt Potsuma put Dighton in for a try converted by Marc Sheppard.

Adventurous play from the Quins’ backs came to an abrupt end when hooker Gareth Flynn’s interception set up an attack which he ended by diving over for an Aber try.

An injury to Alex Condon forced James Peploe-Williams to move from scrum half to full back, and replacement Nathan Flynn to number nine. Flynn was immediately in action and good support play from Colarusso, Dighton and Ace put Peploe-Williams in for a try converted by Sheppard.

Just before the break Rees narrowed the gap with his second penalty.

The Quins pack were gradually getting on top with eye-catching performances from back row men Craig Cox, Dean Scully and Adam Dawe.

Aberystwyth were not going to fold over, and a piece of magic from scrum half Beynon-Thomas brought him a try.

Fresh legs provided in the pack by Dan Morgan, Dan Phillips and in particular, Ryan Curtis turned the game in the Quins’ direction. Two great runs from Curtis preceded him diving over for a try converted by Sheppard. He quickly followed with a second by laying out would-be tacklers.

The sixth try came from a maul started on halfway that almost reached the try line before fly half Potsuma dived under the bar for Sheppard to convert.

Adam Dawe was nominated sponsors’ player of the match.

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